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Larry Trefz

larry trefz squareLarry Trefz, 68, Onaka, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at the Faulkton Area Medical Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Tolstoy United Methodist Church with Pastor Julie Nygaard and Pastor Howard Grinager officiating.  Burial followed at German Zion Congregational Cemetery, Tolstoy.
Larry Henry Trefz, son of Hilda (Buechler) and Henry W. Trefz, was born Dec. 24, 1944 at Holy Infant Hospital in Hoven. He was brought up on the Trefz farm three miles NW of Onaka, attended Sherman TWSHP Rural School, and completed his education at Hoven High School, Class of 1963. He then began farming and also ran a trencher for Dutt Well Works.
Larry married Nancy Dutt on Nov. 10, 1967 at Tolstoy. They first settled in Tolstoy where Larry continued farming and trenching. Upon Larry’s parents moving off the farm in 1970, he and Nancy relocated to the farm. This is where Larry raised his family, ran a dairy operation, and farmed for the rest of his life. He milked for 44 years and was especially proud to have the longest standing dairy herd in Faulk County.
Beyond family and farming, faith defined Larry’s life.  He was an active member of Tolstoy United Methodist Church.  Larry had a heart for planting seeds of faith in people’s lives and showed that by putting extra emphasis on the youth, teaching Sunday School and UM Men.  He never hesitated to witness to the importance of a church community in someone’s life. Larry also loved to sing and was a part of several quartets and choirs. He served on the Sherman Township Board, was president of the Land O’ Lakes Dairy Board, was a 4-H leader, and also served on several Edmunds Co. 4-H committees.
Larry thoroughly enjoyed restoring old machinery and vehicles, accumulating quite a collection throughout the years. His love of family also led to a passion for researching family history and genealogy. Above all, Larry loved people.  To him, there were no strangers—just friends he hadn’t met or visited with yet.  His legacy will live on through the many lives he blessed, whether it was for a moment or for a lifetime.
Larry is survived by his wife Nancy, three sons; Douglas (Deborah) Trefz of Onaka, Daniel (Nicole) Trefz of Bowdle, and Steven (Rebecca) Trefz of Brandon; one daughter, Lynn (Jerry) Johnson of Miller; three brothers, Harlin (Noreen) Trefz of Jackson, TN, Don (Brenda) Trefz of Chancellor, and Jerry Trefz of Aberdeen; Three sisters, Marge (Ron) Holland and Janet (Mark) Grasse of Aberdeen, and Jean (Jeff) Schlepp of Sioux Falls; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father on March 21, 1996, his mother on July 8, 1994, and one infant brother (Ronald).
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City Council held special meeting Aug. 19

Unapproved Minutes
Gettysburg, South Dakota
August 19, 2013
Pursuant to the due call and notice thereof, the City Council met in special session on August 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Those present Mayor Bill Wuttke, Council members Ron Larson, Pat Everson, Fran VanBockel, Bryan Hause and Dawn Nagel. Also present was Russell Anderson Maint. Supervisor, Sharleen Eliason, Finance Officer, Bill Wainman, Chief of Police, Josh Bausch, Gayle Kludt, GWBDC, and GWBDC board members: Beth Joachim, Shirlee Drew, Imelda Simon, Sandy Hagny and Ryan Persoon.
Father Jerry Kopel contacted the Mayor regarding the stop sign by the Catholic Church. Moved by Everson, VanBockel seconded, motion carried to table this until next meeting.
An employment application for Fran Van Bockel as a certified EMT was presented to the council for their approval. Moved by Larson seconded by Hause, motion carried to approve this application at a wage of $15.00 per hour.
Budget for 2014 was presented to the Council.
The following changes were made to the 2014 budget: Swimming pool equipment reduced from $15,000.00 to $10,425.000 and Economic Development from $35,000.00 to $30,000.00 for a grand total of $1,421,000.00 for Expenses. No changes for Revenue.
Moved by VanBockel, Nagel seconded, motion carried (Hause-nay) to budget $30,000.00 and all of the Triple B Funds to Gettysburg Whitlock Bay Development  Corporation for 2014.
Moved by Hause to approve the proposed 2014 budget and to add to this motion dropping the Gettysburg Whitlock Bay Development Corporation to  $28,000.00 or less for the total budget.  Motion died for lack of a second.
Moved by VanBockel, Nagel, seconded, motion carried (Hause-nay) to approve the 2014 proposed budget for the Grand total of $1,421,000.00 and to have the first reading of Ordinance 2013-8-8.
In round table Council member VanBockel stated that Jensen is here to pave the streets. Council member Nagel asked that the trees by the stop sign at Karen Doerr’s be trimmed. Council member Everson stated that the next time we do need a signed contract by Jensen Rock & Sand for a more timely arrival for street improvements as they were delayed three weeks.
There being no further business moved by Hause, Everson second, motion carried to adjourn at 9:35 PM.
Bill Wuttke, Mayor
Sharleen Eliason, Finance Officer
Published once at the total approximate cost of $24.97

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Hagny estate reps named

File Number
also known as AGNES E. HAGNY,)
Notice is given that on August 22, 2013, Dennis W. Hagny, whose address is 29192 164th St., Gettysburg, SD 57442, and Eugene Michael Hagny, whose address is 16969 305th Ave., Gettysburg, SD 57442, were appointed as co-personal representatives of the estate of Agnes Hagny, also known as Agnes E. Hagny, Deceased.
Creditors of decedent must file their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or their claims may be barred.
Claims may be filed with the co-personal representatives or may be filed with the clerk, and a copy of the claim mailed to the co-personal representatives.
Dennis W. Hagny
/s/ Co-Personal Representative
29192 164th St.
Gettysburg, SD 57442
(605) 765-2525

Eugene Michael Hagny
Co-Personal Representative
16969 305th Ave.
Gettysburg, SD 57442
(605) 765-9607

Sarah L. Larson
Attorney At Law
P.O. Box 203
Gettysburg, SD 57442-0203
(605) 765-2858

Kathie Westphal
Clerk of Courts
201 S. Exene St.
Gettysburg, SD 57442
(605) 765-9472
Published three times at the total approximate cost of $53.75

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Statement of nondiscrimination

Statement of NonDiscrimination
Venture Communications Coop. is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866)377-8642 (relay voice users).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Published once at the total approximate cost of $12.10

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Notice of adoption of provisional budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That the Board of County Commissioners of Potter County Courthouse at Gettysburg South Dakota on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. for the purpose of considering the foregoing Provisional Budget for the year 2014 and the various items, schedules, amounts and appropriations set forth therein and as many days thereafter as is deemed necessary until the final adoption of the budget on the 3rd day of September, 2013.  At such time any interested person may appear either in person or by a representative and will be given an opportunity for a full and complete discussion of all purposes, objectives, items, schedules, appropriations, estimates, amounts and matters set forth and contained in the Provisional Budget.
Karen S. Doerr,
Potter County Auditor
Gettysburg, SD
Published once at the total approximate cost of $10.99

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Head count…

fb chaseDSC_0316#23 Chase Hall (Bryce and Kerri) takes a quick count of the Battlers in the backfield as they get ready to practice a play on Tuesday morning. The Potter County Battlers open their season in Miller on Friday, Aug. 30. The head coach for the football team is Vern Smith.

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School starts Tuesday

Gettysburg students will start classes for the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
See page 3 for information regarding the change in drop off and pick up for your children.
In Gettysburg, everyone should report to their classrooms by 8:15 a.m. Dismissal for grades Kindergarten through sixth grade will be at 3:23 p.m., with seventh grade through high school ending their school day at 3:29.
Buses will run starting the first day of school, and parents will be notified of the approximate time of pickup and return.
Students will get their first day off school with Labor Day vacation falling on Monday, Sept. 2. Battler Homecoming week in Gettysburg gets underway Sept. 9 culminating with the parade and football game on Friday, Sept. 13. Homecoming in Hoven will be on Friday, Sept. 20.
It won’t be long now, seniors! Graduation will be held on May 24. Hoven students start classes on Tuesday, too.

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Mural project at tennis courts next week

Area artists can have a hand in painting a mural at the Gettysburg tennis court next week.
Mark Zimmerman, who has painted several murals in Gettysburg over the years, is being brought to town through the help of the High Plains Arts Council to paint a mural on the shed by the tennis courts.
Anyone who would like to help is encouraged to stop by and paint the project. Everything is provided, except for painting clothes, so dress in something that won’t hurt to have some paint splatter and paint a section of the mural.
This year Zimmerman is also bringing a graffiti artist with him who will “jazz up” the mural. The artist, Aaron M. Pearcy, is known as AMP, and he had done a number of murals in the Black Hills.
Students are encouraged to stop after school and participate in the mural painting, and everyone from the community is invited to take part.

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Celebrate oldest business Friday

Schlachter Lumber will celebrate 125 years in business on Friday.
Not only are they the oldest lumber yard in the state, but they are the oldest run family retail business in South Dakota.
Gettysburg is set to celebrate with the Schlachter family on Friday, Aug. 23. See inside for more history from the town’s oldest family retail business and the state’s oldest lumber yard.

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Set up…

vb DSC_0323Mercades Genzler (James and Kristie) gets set to serve during volleyball practice for the Potter County Lady Battlers. Also pictured in the background is Destry Nafziger (Kris and Deb). The Lady Battlers open their season at home on Saturday, Aug. 31 in Yellowstone Trail Conference action starting at 10 am. Jamie Cronin is the head coach for the Lady Battler team.

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